Monticello Raceway will offer over $165,000 to 2 year old trotting colts and geldings in the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series on Monday afternoon, August 11. There will be three splits each in the NYSS and the Excelsior A and B Series.
In years past there was hardly a 2-year old trotter who could even approach 2:00 on a double-oval much less win in that time or faster. But those days are long gone.
~~Last week in his first start here, Johnny Grippa won in 1:53.4 which was the fastest race mile on the Monticello Raceway double-oval this season. However, that mark didn’t last long because yesterday (Tuesday, August 5th )Johnny Grippa won again this time in a season’s best 1:53.1.
The 6 year old altered son of Cams Card Shark and Sky Yankee is owned and trained by Jack Sheehan and was driven to victory both times by Jimmy Devaux.
~~When young Austin Siegelman hustled Able Yankee to a come- from- behind 1:57.3 victory at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, August 4 he lit up the tote board after the 9 year old McArdle mare paid a whopping $221.00 for win.
However, as huge as the payoff was, and it’s big for an eight-horse field, it still was dwarfed by the Mighty M’s all-time biggest return of $377.00 on a two dollar win ticket produced by Cam Dan Kadandy and driver Greg Annoloro on September 26, 2012.
~~When Diamond Tiara scored her 17th victory at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, July 22nd that total continues to lead all others in races won this year in North America. And quietly, without much fanfare, Shortest Distance’s 15th seasonal victory,,also on the Tuesday card, positions her a clear second on the North America leaderboard in races won in 2014.
Freedomformysoul established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshmen pacing colts when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. drove the son of If I Can Dream to a 1:55.2 triumph in their division of the $110,000 NY Sire Stakes. The victory erased the former standard of 1:55.3 set by Share The Delight during 2007.
Coming into the race off a stunning 1:53.3 track record last week at Saratoga Raceway Freedomformysoul was understandably the overwhelming betting favorite and Morrill used the front-end route for an easy victory over Rockntouch and driver Yannick Gingras.
It’ll be business as usual on Monday, July 21 when Monticello Raceway’s simulcast signals will again be available to all outlets.
The Monday race card will feature the outstanding 2 year old pacing colts and geldings in the New York Sire Stakes who’ll compete in five divisions for over $110,000 in purser money.
The strong undercard will offer over $50,000 in purses in the five Excelsior Stakes, also for freshmen pacing colts and geldings.
In all, the Monday, July 21 program will offer 13 races with first post slated at 12:50pm.
It’ll be a great afternoon of action on Monday, July 21 when Monticello Raceway features New York-bred 2 year old pacing colts and geldings. There will be five divisions of the $110,000 New York Sire Stakes which will be joined by five splits of freshmen colt pacers in the Excelsior Series who’ll compete for total purses in excess of $50,000.
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Rose Run Nash keeps winning. Yesterday (July 16) at Monticello Raceway the 5 year old Trainforthefurure gelding notched his 13th seasonal triumph and continues to lead all trotters in races won in North America.
Driven, once again, by Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and carrying a $10,000 claiming tag, Rose Run Nash scored a neck victory in 2:00.1 when he came from sixth at the three quarters to collar both Famous Dude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) and Larissa (Mike Merton) who finished in a dead-heat for second.
Gural Hanover’s victory in his $59,100 division of the New York Sires Stakes for sophomore colts and geldings on Tuesday afternoon (July 15) was an eye-opening one when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided the big altered son of Crazed-Givemearing to a new over-all trotting track record of 1:55.2.
~~For the 31st consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has again made a donation to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.
Organization representatives presented a $3000 check to both Museum President Larry Devan and Museum Director Janet Terhune prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Museum in Goshen, NY on July 6.